With the holiday season upon us, the Streets Department would like to offer citizens some recycling tips on how they can make this a Green holiday season! This time of year we generate a lot of waste through gift giving and holiday festivities. There are a number of opportunities to incorporate recycling into the holiday season. Many items can be put to good use when you recyclable them. So, wherever you are during the holidays - at home, at work, everywhere — remember to recycle.

“Although we think of the holidays as a time of year filled with grand celebrations and indulgence, we need to remember to protect our planet, to conserve, and use our natural resources wisely,” said Philadelphia Streets Commissioner David J. Perri.

Residents have the opportunity to recycle much more during the holiday season and earn additional points in the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program. Citizens are reminded of the three “Rs” of recycling as they celebrate and create a ‘green” holiday season.


  • Wrapping paper
  • Greeting cards
  • Gift tags and boxes
  • Glass – wine, beer and champagne bottles
  • Soda cans and bottles
  • Beer cans
  • Department store sale flyers and merchandise catalogs
  • Paper grocery and shopping bags
  • 2013 telephone books and calendars


  • Newspaper (as wrapping paper, from colorful comic section)
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Plastic gift cards
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Gift bags


  • By using less tissue paper and decorations in your packing
  • By using less gift wrapping paper
  • By decorating with a live Christmas tree and planting it after the holidays
  • By installing timers on lighting displays to reduce energy consumption

In addition to recycling papers, plastic and bottles, residents have another opportunity to recycle in a big way. The Streets Department’s Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program will run from Monday, January 6 through Saturday, January 18. The 26-year old program was developed by the Streets Department’s Sanitation Division to provide citizens with an environmentally safe alternative for the disposal of used trees.

Citizens who wish to drop off their trees to be recycled may take it to the Streets Department’s Sanitation Convenience Centers located at 3033 S. 63rd Street, Domino Lane & Umbria Street and State Road & Ashburner Street during the two-week program. The Sanitation Convenience Centers are open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday through Saturday.

“Philadelphia is at the forefront of becoming the greenest City in the country,” said Deputy Commissioner Donald Carlton. “Christmas trees present a seasonal addition to the City’s waste stream. By recycling them and returning them to the earth, we help to reduce the number of discarded trees that end up in landfills.”

Citizens are urged to follow these tips when participating in the Christmas Tree Recycling Program:

  • Trees brought to the site to be recycled should be free of all decorations and untied. Christmas trees with decorations cannot be recycled and will be placed with rubbish.
  • Trees should not be brought to the site in plastic bags.

There will be no curbside collection of Christmas trees for recycling purposes. Trees left at the curb will be considered as trash and will be picked up on regularly scheduled trash days. As always, the program is for citizens who receive City collected trash and recycling services. Businesses are responsible for making arrangements for the private disposal of their discarded trees.

Visit us at http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/holidayrecycling.aspx for more information on holiday recycling.